[nova][CI] GPUs in the gate

Clark Boylan cboylan at sapwetik.org
Tue May 7 23:56:43 UTC 2019

On Tue, May 7, 2019, at 10:48 AM, Artom Lifshitz wrote:
> Hey all,
> Following up on the CI session during the PTG [1], I wanted to get the
> ball rolling on getting GPU hardware into the gate somehow. Initially
> the plan was to do it through OpenLab and by convincing NVIDIA to
> donate the cards, but after a conversation with Sean McGinnis it
> appears Infra have access to machines with GPUs.
> From Nova's POV, the requirements are:
> * The machines with GPUs should probably be Ironic baremetal nodes and
> not VMs [*].
> * The GPUs need to support virtualization. It's hard to get a
> comprehensive list of GPUs that do, but Nova's own docs [2] mention
> two: Intel cards with GVT [3] and NVIDIA GRID [4].
> So I think at this point the question is whether Infra can support
> those reqs. If yes, we can start concrete steps towards getting those
> machines used by a CI job. If not, we'll fall back to OpenLab and try
> to get them hardware.

What we currently have access to is a small amount of Vexxhost's GPU instances (so mnaser can further clarify my comments here). I believe these are VMs with dedicated nvidia gpus that are passed through. I don't think they support the vgpu feature.

It might help to describe the use case you are trying to meet rather than jumping ahead to requirements/solutions. That way maybe we can work with Vexxhost to better support what you need (or come up with some other solutions). For those of us that don't know all of the particulars it really does help if you can go from use case to requirements.

> [*] Could we do double-passthrough? Could the card be passed through
> to the L1 guest via the PCI passthrough mechanism, and then into the
> L2 guest via the mdev mechanism?
> [1] https://etherpad.openstack.org/p/nova-ptg-train-ci
> [2] https://docs.openstack.org/nova/rocky/admin/virtual-gpu.html
> [3] https://01.org/igvt-g
> [4] https://docs.nvidia.com/grid/5.0/pdf/grid-vgpu-user-guide.pdf

More information about the openstack-discuss mailing list